Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Buffalo Grove, IL

Ask Your Buffalo Grove Pediatric Dentist

We receive a lot of questions from patients and parents every day, and we love it! Providing dental education is part of the essential services we offer, so below, you’ll find our responses to some of the most common questions we receive. Be sure to give us a call if there is anything else you’d like to ask!

How often should my child go to the dentist?

We recommend bringing your child to the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. This is often enough that our team will be able to spot any minor issues early and take care of them before they cause any pain or damage. You should also schedule an appointment if your child experiences any dental problems, like pain or damage.

When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

Typically, a child should attend their first appointment around the time their first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. Even at this early stage, our dentists can examine their mouth and make sure that their smile is getting off to a great start. During this appointment, we can also give you tips on how to take care of their new teeth.

Should my child use a manual or electric brush?

Both brushes are great at removing cavity-causing plaque from the teeth. If your child has good oral health with their current brush, then there is no need to switch! Electric toothbrushes may be more 'efficient' but we recommend whatever your kids will actually use! Be sure to brush with a fluoridated toothpaste with a flavour that your child enjoys. At our office we have found lots of success with chocolate, orange, and vanilla ice cream flavoured fluoride toothpastes.

When should my child start flossing?

As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, that’s when flossing begins. It’s best to instill the habit as early as possible so that your child will keep it up when they start brushing entirely on their own.

Do you take dental insurance?

Yes! Capezio Loiben is able to accept dental insurance plans from practically every provider. Just give us a call with your policy information nearby, and we’ll give you a rough estimate as to how much you’ll be covered.